Professional life

Andris held several formal qualifications in mental health including:

  • MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID Principal Master Trainer (University of Melbourne)
  • ONE LIFE SUICIDE PREVENTION instructor
  • ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) trainer and facilitator
  • WORKPLACE WELLNESS trainer.
  • GATEKEEPER Suicide Prevention / Facilitator
  • Certificate 4 in Workplace Training andf Assessment
  • CABCCAA Certificate in Counselling Skills Levels 1, 2 and 3 (Canning College)
  • Diploma in Advanced Community Services (Great Southern TAFE College)

Andis has had previous successful careers as an architect and as an arts manager and holds appropriate qualifications. He also established and ran one of WA’s most successful regional restaurants, for which his qualifications were a love of good conversation and fine food.

Andris had broad experience in developing and delivering mental health courses and workshops in Australia and overseas, including:

  • Curtin University 2017 / Guest Lecturer and Guest Tutor for the Valuing Lived Experience Project, School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work).
  • WAAMH (Western Australian Association for Mental Health) / Contract Workshop Presenter
  • Palmerston Association Peer Group Facilitator 2014 – present.
  • Palmerston (Community Drug Service Team) Albany, Support Worker 2002-2004
  • Samaritan Befrienders Counsellor 2003 – 2008
  • Men’s Resource Centre Albany Manager 2004 – 2011
  • Andrismark, his own consultancy, provides training in mental health, suicide prevention, workplace wellness, de-escalation techniques and public speaking workshops across WA.

Over two decades he presented papers at conferences and delivered training workshops across metropolitan and regional WA to departments, NGO’s, organisations, consumers, carers, clinicians, community members and workplaces such as the Pioneer Health, Community First, Department of Food + Agriculture, Relationships Australia, Anglicare, Great Southern TAFE, Department of Water, Pinjarra Senior High School and the Department of Corrective Services.

Andris’ ability to present effectively to a wide range of audiences was shown through consistently positive participant evaluation results and feedback.

He was awarded in the Consumer Engagement + Involvement category of the WA Mental Health Good Outcomes Award.